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New online court may improve chances of tenancy arrears recovery

By Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan On 6 April 2018 HMCTS publicly announced the launch of a new online service to allow members of the public and businesses to issue money claims, resolve disputes and access mediation via a new online claims service. Known as Civil Money Claims, and available for money claims with a […]

Dress codes in the workplace: new government guidance

By Stuart McBride New guidance entitled “Dress codes and sex discrimination – what you need to know” was published by the Government Equalities Office last week.  It follows the 2016 online petition started by a woman who was sent home from work when she refused to wear high heels. The petition led to a Parliamentary Enquiry […]

Timor-Leste oil and gas: New maritime treaty with Australia

On 6 March 2017, in New York, delegations of both countries signed, before the United Nations’ Secretary-General and Portugal’s former Prime-Minister, António Guterres, the “Treaty Between the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and Australia Establishing Their Maritime Boundaries in the Timor Sea”. The new maritime boundaries between the two countries represent, after almost 50 years, Australian’s […]

Portugal: New regime for conversion of unsubordinated credits into capital

Law No. 7/2018 was published on 2 March and created a legal regime for the conversion of unsubordinated credits into capital in commercial companies, or companies adopting a commercial form, incorporated under the Laws of Portugal. The new law entered into force on the day after its publication and clearly aims to provide an extrajudicial […]

Portugal: Exploitation of lithium

Lithium minerals have seen a rise in demand and price since 2011, which became even greater in 2016, and the expectation is that this rise will continue along with the growing demand for electric vehicles. Lithium supply security has become a top priority for technology companies in the United States and Asia and, worldwide, lithium […]

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WolfBlock fails to keep the wolves from the door

The financial crisis claimed another US law firm victim last week when 300-lawyer Philadelphia firm WolfBlock called time on its long history. The financial crisis claimed another US law firm victim last week when 300-lawyer Philadelphia firm WolfBlock called time on its long history. The partners at WolfBlock voted last Monday (23 March) to dissolve […]

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Property: Can I get a witness?

Identifying the right expert witness and drilling them as to what will be expected are crucial precursors to having them take the stand and satisfy a judge, argues Gerard Khoshnaw The art of choosing, instructing and managing experts is often underestimated and given insufficient attention and focus. Property disputes that result in litigation can often […]

Russian off at Hogan Lovells

Much like the oil companies it covets as clients, Hogan Lovells’ Moscow office is leaking a major resource all over the place. The latest to head off is dispute resolution partner Dominic Pellow, who has left to become a practice head at Baker Botts (see story). Pellow is the third partner to leave since the […]

Eversheds rebuilds Copenhagen after senior partner walkout

Eversheds has appointed two partners in Copenhagen to replace former senior partner Troels Askerud. Eversheds has appointed two partners in Copenhagen to replace former senior partner Troels Askerud. Partners Sam Jalaei and Nikolaj Juhl Hansen will share the role of senior office partner after Askerud announced earlier this month that he was leaving the firm […]

WFW launches Spanish tax practice with PwC hire

Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has launched a tax practice in Spain after hiring a lawyer from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Luis Soto joins WFW’s Madrid office, which opened in 2009, from Landwell PriceWaterhouseCoopers Tax & Legal Services after 15 years at the firm. He joins as a partner in the international tax group. Soto is a […]

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